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Irene and Emily

Just passing through with two quick things. First, Hurricane Irene is "only" a category 1 hurricane -- but moving very slowly, with hurricane force winds that are likely to last for up to a full day and strong storm surges. If your area goes under any kind of special advisory or evacuation order, take heed and do what it says; the emergency services may be unable to respond if something goes wrong during the storm, so if it looks like you may need to get out, get out. This is going to leave a huge mess behind with blocked roads, flooding, structural damage, and no power for days, and my gut feeling is that Long Island will be especially hard hit.  (No, I don't know why -- that's why they call it a gut feeling. But the whole East Coast is under the gun.)

Second, Emily is an intern for IPFW's English department this year, and she's asking around for advice about what people would like to see in an English and Linguistics Department newsletter. The original post is here:

However, because so many people without LJ accounts seem to have trouble commenting on posts, here's what she said for anyone who wants me to pass an idea along:

If you were reading the English & Linguistics department newletter from your University, what super-awesome thing would you be all googly-eyed over if you saw it in there?

I'm in charge of my uni's newsletter this semester, you see. And I want to do something more awesome than the usual crossword puzzle of 'interesting' words (not that there's anything wrong with crosswords - people that love them, please do not verbaly fillet me). I already have a nice list of story/content ideas, including at least one that gives the linguistics side a little more love, but I figured with all the writer-y and university-y people I have on LJ ...

I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty intimidating looking at the blank template knowing I only have 3 sections of 'must-have' in there, and only one of those that's static. It's also awesome though. I hope that by putting a serious effort into it, I can make a good newsletter that will be utilized by future interns... and have something snazzy for my portfolio.



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Aug. 27th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Mark, why doesn't your tag say linguistics?
Emily, I'd go gaga over any new info on the Proto-Indo European Language or a current graph of PIE.
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
why, I was afraid "linguistics" would confuse people who forgot to sign in before they replied! ;-) Also, I've developed a bad habit of not creating any new tags, for no good reason I can think of. Gotta work on that ...
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Aug. 27th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
If a hurricane doesn't die down before it reaches Long Island, they always get hit hard because it's sticking out in the path of the storm. LI'ers know what they're doing, we've been through worse.
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I know, I've studied up on it ... and also, I know a few people on Long Island. But while LJ'ers might know what they're doing, I'm not so relaxed about the rest of humanity!
Aug. 29th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
from what I have seen from my family on LI there is a nice sense of community going on down there. During Hurricane prep and all the people who live near my mother's boat were checking up on the lines and making sure it was safe. Lots of people have opened up their homes and shared supplies.

That whole area is dealing with lack of electric now, lots of sections of the tri state area are being told it will be a week to regain power.

Up here in NB, I am without power, no clue how long it will take to restore. I'm hoping not a week
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
The same thing happens around here during emergencies/disasters, too. As I often say, there are more good people than bad in the world.

Emily went without power for a week and a half when that big ice storm struck the Missouri-Arkansas-Kentucky area a few years ago; I hope it's not that long for you.
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah me too. I am hearing week projections for CT and NJ, nothing is projected for me yet. If it's a week, I can't take that
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jamie. I see we made the Winchester Brothers scream again ...
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Aug. 29th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
random icon generator
I've never used it before. Usually I try to choose an appropriate icon, although often I just get busy and use the one I've marked as primary. Of course, my current one is part of an ongoing attempt to sell my book ...
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Aug. 31st, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: random icon generator
Wait -- has "Let's Kill Hitler" already aired? I'm so behind this week, it's not even funny ...
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Aug. 27th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
It's starting rain now, so far the winds aren't bad but I too feel like this storm is going to be bad. It feels like we are just sitting around waiting for the impending doom. We live in a high elevation area and we are quite a few miles from the ocean, but it is still scary.
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
That storm was just as big around as Katrina, so anyone would have reason to be worried. Luckily it wasn't so powerful when it made landfall, but it still packed quite a wallop. I hope you have electricity now!
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